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Fort Worth officials delay decision on high-end apartments in Riverside area

A proposed development of high-end apartments in the Riverside area was put on hold Wednesday when the Fort Worth Zoning Commission delayed approving the project in hopes of getting more details from the developer.

The commission delayed the planned 18-acre project, with about 400 units, near the Six Points Urban Village for a month in hopes of seeing a conceptual site plan and getting a timeline for the phases of development. Commissioners urged the developer to meet with neighbors about their worries.

Pretlow Riddick, president and principal of Dallas-based Criterion Development Partners, which is seeking urban residential zoning with planned development, said the goal is to create differing densities within the development and plan the project in different phases to create a pedestrian-oriented complex.

“The development of high-end multifamily communities adds to the vibrancy of neighborhoods,” said Riddick, adding that the higher density would support current and future businesses in the urban village.

“They want to see more people, and that is what we want to bring to this site.”

Still, residents are concerned about the project, which would include tearing down 56 duplex units.

Wendy Vann Roach, who lives in the nearby Charleston neighborhood, said neighbors are worried about traffic, possible street closures, parking problems and other issues associated with higher density in the area.

“I think many issues need to be addressed. This is difficult to address without a site plan; it is difficult for us to even understand,” said Roach.

She said residents want a better buffer between Charleston and the apartments and are asking the developer to build townhouses on the tract adjacent to Charleston.

On the portion of the development closest to Charleston, where the current duplexes are, Riddick said the developer would lower the density to eight units per acre. The current zoning for duplexes would allow up to 17 units per acre, he said.

The project — bounded by Oakhurst Scenic Drive, Dalford Street and McLemore Avenue — will be considered again at the April zoning meeting.

Riddick’s company began buying property in the Six Points Village more than a year ago. Last month, Criterion bought four acres from 2317-2417 Race St. and at 2400 McLemore Ave. from Gib Lewis, owner of Lewis Label Products. Criterion also entered into a four-year option on another 3.8 acres with Lewis, deed records show.

Since its founding in 2004, Criterion has developed apartment communities in Richardson, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, as well as several in Massachusetts, according to its website.

Staff Writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.

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